Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph regrets turning down David Bowie

Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph sing in behind-the-scenes clip

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Lesley Joseph has enjoyed a decades long career on stage and in the beloved sitcom Birds of a Feather. The Olivier Award nominated actress opened up about working with the iconic singer, David Bowie, before he reached the heights of global fame and noteriety.

“My first television was live with David before he became known as David Bowie.

“When I had just left drama school I was living in an agent’s house renting a room.

“[The agent] came down and he said, ‘Oh Lesley do you want to do live television?’

“It was on Thames Television in Teddington and that’s when television went out live in 1967 or 1968.

“He said you will do it with a friend of mine. At the time I didn’t know it was David [Bowie].

“[David] and I would travel out everyday to Teddington to rehearse. We were playing hippies in a police station. It was at the time of Mary Quant where you had these amazing makeup. Your eyelashes would be painted on.

“We did it live and I always remember him saying, ‘You should come and see me at the arts lab,’ and I never did. That was the one regret I had for the rest of my life.

“I never continued my friendship with David [Bowie].

“I knew him and he became so iconic. That’s the other wonderful thing about our business. It opens doors.

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